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It all started way back in 1959 when our founder Roger Meadmore set out on a driving trip from New York to Miami. He and his comrades kept pulling in to Howard Johnson’s wayside restaurants to eat pancakes.
The idea struck them that these pancakes would be a great idea for Australia. If you’ve ever been to America, you’ll know that Americans are the world’s biggest pancake eaters and will eat them with just about anything, much the same way as Australians eat toast.
On returning to Australia, Mr Meadmore soon found out why this pancake-eating obsession had not hit our shores. There was a difference in the way our wheat germinated, therefore producing different flour. So, for the first 10 years of operation, they imported the original Aunt Jemima mix from America until a local company could supply the strain needed to make those American style pancakes.
The first pancakes only restaurant was opened in Gilbert Place, Adelaide in 1965 called ""The Pancake Kitchen"". It was a small, cozy and very popular restaurant with a distinct Australian atmosphere.